May 27, 2008
As you may have noticed by now, the focus of this forum is cardiovascular disease(CVD) prevention. The statistics speak for themselves. CVD is the leading cause of death in the US and worldwide. Although we have made substantial progress in the development of medications to combat the causes of CVD like high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes; the rapid proliferation of these diseases virtually negates and medical benefit. In other words, we are treating the consequences, not the cause. It's like mopping up around an over flowing sink basin and forgetting to turn off the faucet
Aside from uncommon genetic disorders, diet is by far the most important factor leading to the development of Diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. CVD is virtually unheard of in individuals with total cholesterol < 150 and strict vegetarians have 80% less chance of developing heart attack or stroke.
In my upcoming book, I describe various "regression diets" which have actually been scientifically proven to cause atheroclerotic plaque to diminish in some patients. I can't emphasize enough that without saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet, you will not develop elevated cholesterol and CVD
I think that most people significantly underestimate the amount of fat they eat each day. The key to accurately determining this is keep a food journal for one week. Write down every thin that you ingest and document the total fat, saturated fat, trans fats and calories. Most Americans eat around 100 gms of fat/ day. The most common EXCUSE for not doing this is that it's too much work. If twenty extra minutes per day for one week is too much effort to avoid stroke or heart attack; I would suggest that maybe avoiding those things isn't really that important to you. I have attached a website with a table of total fat, saturated fat and calorie content
I would like to get some feedback on what people discover about their fat intake